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Professor Michael Jones

Professor Mike Jones Department of Botany,
School of Natural Sciences,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin2, Ireland

Tel: +353 1 8961769


My research interests are in plant ecophysiology. Plant ecophysiology is an experimental science that seeks to describe the physiological mechanisms that underlie ecological observations. My work has focused on plant responses to global atmospheric and climate change as well as establishing the potential for mitigation of atmospheric change through the development of herbaceous energy crops. Since the 1980’s I have been studying the effects of changing climate, and the direct effects of rising CO2 on agricultural and natural grasslands. I am internationally recognised for my research on plants with C4 photosynthesis, their adaptation to temperate climates and their potential uses as energy crops. I have been involved in numerous multinational research programmes in Europe and East Africa.

Current Research and Research Opportunities

1. Coordinator of Department of Agriculture & Food Research Stimulus Fund project “Assessing the greenhouse gas budget of eco-tillage and other mitigation options for arable systems”.
2. Partner in Department of Agriculture & Food Research Stimulus Fund project “Assessing GHG impacts of establishing biomass and biofuel crops”.
3. Work Package leader in FP7 project “GrassMargins – Enhancing biomass production from marginal lands with perennial grasses”. 


Module coordinator of BO4101 Environmental Physiology.

Selected Publications

Ugoletti P, Stout JC, Jones MB, Ecophysiological traits of invasive and non-invasive introduced Impatiens species, Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 111B, (3), 2011, p143 – 156

González, A., Donnelly, A., Jones, M., Klosterman, J., Groot, A. and Breil, M. , Community of practice approach to developing urban sustainability indicators. , Journal of Environmental Assessment, Policy and Management , 13, (4), 2011, p591 – 617

Kindler, Reimo; Siemens, Jan; Kaiser, Klaus; Walmsley, David C.; Bernhofer, Christian; Buchmann, Nina; Cellier, Pierre; Eugster, Werner; Gleixner, Gerd; Grunwald, Thomas; Heim, Alexander; Ibrom, Andreas; Jones, Stephanie K.; Jones, Mike; Klumpp, Katja; Kutsch, Werner; Steenberg Larsen, Klaus; Lehuger, Simon; Loubet, Benjamin; McKenzie, Rebecca; Moors, Eddy; Osborne, Bruce; Pilegaard, Kim; Rebmann, Corinna; Saunders, Matthew; Schmidt, Michael W.I.; Schrumpf, Marion; Seyfferth, Janine; Skiba, Ute; Soussana, Jean-Francois; Sutton, Mark A.; Tefs, Cindy; Vowinckel, Bernhard; Zeeman, Matthias J.; Kaupenjohann, Martin, Dissolved carbon leaching from soil is a crucial component of the net ecosystem carbon balance, Global Change Biology, 17, (2), 2011, p1167-1185

Caffarra, A, Donnelly, A, Chuine, I, Jones, M.B., Modelling the timing of Betula pubescens budburst. I. Temperature and photoperiod: a conceptual model, Climate Research, 46, 2011, p147 – 157

van Groenigen, K. J., Hastings, A., Forristal, D., Roth, B., Jones, M. and Smith, P. , Soil C storage as affected by tillage and straw management: An assessment using field measurements and model predictions., Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 140, 2011, p218 – 225

Abdalla M, Jones M and Williams M, Simulation of N2O fluxes from Irish arable soils: effect of climate change and management., Biology and Fertility of Soils, 46, (3), 2010, p247 – 260

 Abdalla M, Jones M, Yeluripati J,Smith P,Burke J and Williams M, Testing DayCent and DNDC model simulations of N2O fluxes and assessing the impacts of climate change on the gas flux and biomass production from a humid pasture., Atmospheric Environment, 44, (25), 2010, p2961 - 2970  

Van Groenigen KJ, Bloem J, Bååth E, Boeckx P, Rousk J, Bode S, Forristal D, Jones MB, Abundance, production and stabilization of microbial biomass under conventional and reduced tillage, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 42, (1), 2010, p48 – 55

Gilmanov TG, Aires L, Barcza Z, Baron VS, Balelli l, Beringer J, Billebach D, Bonal D, Bradford J, Ceschia E, Cook D, Corradi C, Frank A, Gianelle D, Gimeno C, Gruenwald T, Guo H, Hanan N, Haszpra I, Heilman J, Jacobs A, Jones MB, Johnson DA, Keily G, Li S, Magliulo V, Moors E, Nagy Z, Nasyrov M, Owensby C, Pinter K, Pio C, Reichstein M, Sanz MJ, Scott R, Soussana JF, Stoy PC, Svejcar T, Tuba Z, Zhou G , Productivity, respiration, and light reponse parameters of world grassland and agroecosystems derived from flux-tower measurements., Rangeland Ecology and Management, 63, 2010, p16 – 30

Davis PA, Clifton Brown J, Saunders M, Lanigan G, Wright E, Fortune T, Burke J, Connolly J, Jones MB, Osborne B, Assessing the effects of agricultural management practices on carbon fluxes: Spatial variation and the need for replicated estimates of Net Ecosystem Exchange., Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 150, 2010, p564 – 574

Dondini, M., Hastings, A., Saiz, G., Jones M. B. and Smith, P., The potential of Miscanthus to sequester carbon in soils: comparing field measurements in Carlow, Ireland to model predictions., Global Change Biology - Bioenergy, 1, (6), 2009, p413 - 425

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Last updated 9 June 2017